Empire State Youth Orchestra to Pair Beethoven and Brahms at Tanglewood, June 12th

SCHENECTADY – Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO), known for inspiring young musicians throughout upstate New York and western New England, announced that its Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 2021-2022 season on Sunday, June 12th, at Tanglewood‘s Seiji Ozawa Hall in Lenox, MA. The 90+ member orchestra, which consists of many of the region’s most talented youth musicians, is set to perform Beethoven’s heroic and powerfully expressive Egmont Overture alongside Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2. Fabrizio Cassol’s Concerto Grosso for DJ/Electronics, Cello, Saxophone, and Orchestra is the centerpiece of the concert. 

Etienne Abelin
Etienne Abelin

“I cannot think of a better season finale,” said Etienne Abelin, ESYO’s new music director and the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra. “We all regard Beethoven as a master voice in classical music. While this is true, Beethoven was a real innovator and musical agitator. He challenged the way people listened to an orchestra and established a legacy that led to a new era of orchestral music. Fabrizio Cassol is doing the same thing today and we are thrilled to bring his new piece to life for the first time,” he continued. 

For ESYO Symphony Orchestra, Cassol created a new, expanded version of his Concerto Grosso for DJ/Electronic, Cello, Saxophone, and Orchestra, a piece that puts a “new spin” on Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. This World Premiere features ESYO debut performances by Peabody Conservatory’s Wendel Patrick and Juilliard cellist Sebastian Stoger and is a sonic interplay between the past and the present. Quoted throughout the piece are samples, riffs, and harmonies of Brahms’ final symphony with new sounds and textures produced by the DJ and turntables. Innovative and uncommon additions to a classical orchestra like turntables represent the present-day reality, while the cellist represents the past and what Johanne Brahms has written. In Cassol’s words ”the past becomes the present and HIS-story becomes OUR story.” Composer and saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol will perform alongside ESYO for the first time. 

Fabrizio Cassol
Fabrizio Cassol

“Beethoven and a new piece based on the music of Brahms is a fascinating pairing,” said Abelin. “Brahms, who throughout his life was compared to Beethoven, broke the mold Beethoven built, and with this musically daring performance, the ESYO Symphony Orchestra will remold the music of Brahms side by side with the composer who wrote it,” he continued. 

The June 12th performance marks ESYO’s triumphant return to the national stage following the COVID-19 global pandemic. Since 1979, Empire State Youth Orchestra musicians have appeared on national and international stages, including Carnegie Hall, Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Beijing Concert Hall, the Eastern European WASBE International Conference held in Makó, Hungary, and the Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal.

TICKET INFORMATION:

The show begins at 3:00 pm. To purchase tickets for the ESYO Symphony Orchestra performance at Tanglewood, visit here or call 518-382-7581. Tickets start at $25, and group rates apply for groups of 10 or more.  

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